HAND-COLORED COPPER ENGRAVING - ANTIQUE MYTHOLOGY PRINT
This 278 year old HAND-COLORED copper engraving is from Bernard Picart's "NEUEROFNETER MUSEN TEMPEL or (TEMPLE of the MUSES)" published by H. Chatelain in Amsterdam in 1733.
Bernard Picart (1673 – 1733), was a French Engraver, son of Etienne Picart, also an engraver. He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. He moved to Antwerp in 1696, and then spent a year in Amsterdam before returning to France at the end of 1698. After his wife died in 1708, he moved to Amsterdam in 1711 (later being joined by his father), where he became a Protestant convert and married again.
Most of his work was book-illustrations. His most famous work is Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, appearing from 1723 to 1743. Jonathan I.Israel calls Cérémonies "an immense effort to record the religious rituals and beliefs of the world in all their diversity as objectively and authentically as possible". Although Picart had never left Europe, he relied on accounts by those who had and had access to a collection of Indian sculpture. The original French edition of Cérémonies comprises ten volumes of text and engravings.
This beautiful engraving originates from The Temple of the Muses, a portfolio of sixty plates designed and engraved by Picart. (The artist also created the separately engraved, ornamental borders surrounding each image.)
The print is in very good condition, with minimal, usual age toning. The image is about 14 " x 10 " on a page that is 18 " x 12 ". (blank on back) It is engraved on hand-made laid paper. The engraving is signed in print by the engraver (see bottom left corner).
The engraving is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.
The book that this print came from is rare. It sells on the internet for up to $12,500.
The hand-coloured copper engraving is being
offered for sale features:
"THE GIANTS ATTEMPT TO SCALE HEAVEN BY PILING MOUNTAINS UPON ONE ANOTHER"
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